The Twa Brothers
Ceann-latha 1955
Àireamh a’ chlàir 60118
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fiosrachadh a' chlàraidh

Àireamh a' Chlàir Thùsail

SA1955.36.A3

Àireamh an Teip Thùsail

SA1955.036

Geàrr-chunntas

In this ballad, two boys named William and John decide to have a wrestling contest on their way home from school, during which John is accidentally wounded by William's knife. Despite his best efforts, William is unable to save the life of his dying sibling, and asks him what he should tell their family. John instructs William to tell his sweetheart and their father that he has gone to London to study and will return a good scholar with many good books; by contrast, he says to tell their stepmother that he is dead, as she has always prayed would happen.

Notaichean a' Chlàir

8 verses of 4 lines; last line of each verse repeated.

See:
'The Sang's the Thing' (S. Douglas, 1992) pp. 142-143
'The Scottish Ballads' (R. Chambers, 1829) pp. 126-128
'Book of Scottish Ballads' (A. Whitelaw, 1845) pp. 157-158
'Jeannie Robertson' (J. Porter & H. Gower, 1995) pp. 253-255
'Ballads of Scotland' vol. 1 (W. E. Aytoun, 1858) pp. 191-193
'Till Doomsday in the Afternoon' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1986) pp. 169-171
'Andrew Crawfurd's Collection of Ballads & Songs' vol. 2 (E. Lyle, 1996) pp. 125-126
'Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads' vol. 1 (B. H. Bronson & F. J. Child, 1959) pp. 384-402

Àite Clàraidh

Siorrachd - Siorrachd Pheairt

Paraiste - Blàr Ghobharaidh

Baile/Àite - Blàr Ghobharaidh

Cànan

Beurla

Seòrsa

Òran

Cruinneachadh

SoSS

Seòrsachadh

R38; C49;